REVIEW AND PICTURES BY MARKO SYRJALA
Year 2012 was another great one for Michael Monroe. The band did shows in U.S, South America, Sweden and they played numerous shows in Finland including all the biggest festivals. Lately the band has been working on the follow up for highly successful SENSORE OVERDRIVE and the album should be out in early 2013. The band returned to Helsinki and Club Tavastia on early December and played three sold out shows in a row. These gigs were the last ones of the SENSORE OVERDRIVE –tour which lasted over one and half years.
The show kicked off with a string of SENSORE OVERDRIVE tracks. “Trick of the Wrist” sounds still like a perfect opener. It’s a total kick ass opener for a rock show like this. “Got Blood?” and “Modern Day Miracle” continued good and energetic vibes on stage before it was time to jump back in time and play some old school Hanoi Rocks. “Motorvatin” always works and Demolition 23 classic “Hammersmith Palais” made things even better.
Altogether the set included 18 songs. Six SENSORE OVERDRIVE tracks, selected gems from Michael’s earlier solo work and past bands and cover songs from Michael’s favorite artists.
Michael was his hyper energetic itself. The man was really working hard and made all his known manners like splits, “hanging” with microphone cables and… you know the rest. The band was really energetic as well but wisely they made it sure that there was always enough room for Michael to do his things. The band does sound great but I gotta say that Dregen is really a good fit for the band. The man looks like he’s always been there and he definitely gives some extra for the bands overall stage presence. I don’t know if Dregen has now been given a shot to write any arrangements for the upcoming Michael Monroe album but that would be at least interesting to hear some especially if you’re looking back for his past career and song writing with Backyard Babies.
This was the last show of this long tour which started over one year ago and perhaps for that reason it was more or less just a routine gig with no big surprises there. Don’t get me wrong, basically everything was working great and band literally rocked their socks off, but perhaps some criticism can be said about the set list. Of course it’s fine to play a lot of tracks from the album you’re promoting for but how about the rest? Does it really serve anybody to play songs like: Iggy Pop’s “I Got a Right”, AC/DC’s “Rock’n Roll Damnation” or “Hurriganes’s “Get On” when you have tons of great material of your own in your back pocket? Also, the same worn-out Hanoi classics have been heard on every show since Hanoi break up even though there would be a lot of other great choices there as well. Hopefully we’ll see and hear some substantial changes there on the next tour?
Trick of the Wrist
Modern Day Miracle
I Got A Right
All You Need
Ain’t Nothin’ To Do
Not Fakin’ It
Malibu Beach Nightmare
Dead, Jail or Rock ‘n’ Roll
Rock ‘n’ Roll Damnation
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